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BritOpen Update: Rodriguez Roars Past Kandra

Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez took just 39 minutes to beat Raphael Kandra and reach the second round of the Allam British Open during the second day of action at the PSA World Series tournament taking place in Hull.

Rodriguez had too much for the German and especially asserted his dominance in the last two games as he strolled through to set up a last sixteen meeting with Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar.

The pair exchanged long, exciting rallies in the first game during which neither man could really gain control of proceedings before Rodriguez edged it by just three points – to leave Kandra ruing a couple of errors made at crucial moments.

Rodriguez improved significantly in the second game and produced some excellent squash to find himself 6-1 up and in control and while Kandra battled well in the third the rallies were getting longer which only played into the hands of Rodriguez.

“In the third he was trying to push,” said Rodriguez. “We had the longest rally and I could see he was breathing heavily and I think that was a key point in the match.

“In the first game I was getting comfortable with the court and rushing my movement a bit and he was attacking me, but I think I played well in the second and third.”

The world number eight is now looking ahead to Thursday’s match but he also sees the Allam British Open as a vital tournament for his hopes of reaching Dubai and the PSA Dubai World Series Finals.

“I think everyone wants to finish the season with great results, especially the top eight,” he said.

“I want to make the World Series Finals in Dubai and the British Open is the most prestigious tournament in squash so we can’t give any chances to the opposition because now we are seeing players in the top 20 or 30 making the quarters and semi-finals.”

“The rest day tomorrow will help because I’m playing Mohamed Abouelghar so I’m expecting a fast match.”

[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)

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